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DAS Commissioner Josh Geballe with OPM Secretary Melissa McCaw and Chief Operating Officer Paul Mounds (Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie)

HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont signed his second executive order Wednesday, directing the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to consolidate human resource offices across state agencies.

DAS Commissioner Josh Geballe will move all human resource employees under one roof by the end of the year.

The order calls for centralizing human resource and labor relations functions to allow agencies to focus on their core function.

There are 325 human resource officers working for the state, and 124 of them, or 38%, are expected to retire in the next three years. The state plans to replace only 60 of those positions. The cost savings resulting from the consolidation of human resources is expected to be around $10 million.

“It’s not a big cost-savings today but this is the beginning of how we lean-up our state government,” Lamont said.

This is believed to be the first time the executive branch has restructured its human resource offices.

Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw said Lamont has given “a clear charge to his agencies’ heads to re-think the way state government operations are currently executed.”

Lamont said it’s about giving taxpayers confidence their government is using their money wisely to “get the job done.”